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Day: Philadelphia (2hrs from NYC by bus)
Now on view at the National Constitution Center (215-409-6600, constitutioncenter.org), “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen” culls handwritten lyrics and other notable artifacts from the Boss’s legendary career. After peeping the exhibit, stroll along Independence Mall (home to such landmarks as the Liberty Bell) before settling in for a meal at Resurrection Ale House (215-735-2202, resurrectionalehouse.com). Refined comfort food such as twice-fried chicken pairs well with a carefully curated selection of 12 mostly domestic brews on draft.
Weekend: Baltimore (3hrs from NYC by Amtrak)
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, a turning point in the War of 1812, the city will host a plethora of events starting June 13, when a parade of 40-plus tall ships sails into the city’s Inner Harbor (starspangledbaltimore.com). Belt out the national anthem during a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards (baltimore.orioles.mlb.com), which is celebrating its 20th year, then raise a pint of the hoppy Loose Cannon IPA at craft brewery Heavy Seas’ new alehouse (410-522-0850, heavyseasalehouse.com).
Where to stay: The five guest rooms at the Inn at 2920—a converted 19th-century townhouse —exude vintage charm. (410-342-4450, theinnat2920.com). Rates start at $165. Mention code “Time Inn” when booking for $20 off a two-night midweek stay and $10 off a two-night weekend stay; through Sept 15.
Long weekend: Chicago (2½hrs from NYC by plane)
Get acquainted with the Windy City by exploring Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago (312-443-3600, artic.edu), where you can see several masterworks such as Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. Venture outside of the Loop to browse shops along Milwaukee Avenue, such as Reckless Records (773-235-3727, reckless.com), which caters to analogue devotees with LPs and vintage cassettes. Stop by newcomer Ada Street (773-697-7069, adastreetchicago.com), tucked away on a quiet strip in Noble Square, for small plates such as Southern-fried quail with bacon gravy.
Where to stay: The quaint Wicker Park Inn (773-486-2743, wickerparkinn.com) is just steps from the titular green space. Rates start at $139.
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